HCLAS Dean's Weekly Message Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

HCLAS Dean’s Weekly Message

HCLAS Dean's Weekly Message
HCLAS Dean's Weekly Message

October 28, 2019

Dear Students:

I extend to all those celebrating Diwali, which began yesterday, my best wishes for a beautiful celebration: may your life and the lives of your loved ones be as luminous and magical as the lights on the Diwali lamps!

I also note a somber anniversary: yesterday was the one year anniversary of the massacre in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.  As we recall this tragic event as well as many others, that have taken place before and since, in churches and mosques, in movie theaters and night clubs and at concerts, both in our own country and beyond, may we be inspired with courage to stand up to hatred:  May we be not bystanders, but upstanders.

And now for something more mundane:  thinking about your studies ….

As we approach the end of October, you’ve probably gotten back some of your midterm papers, projects, and exams.  Look carefully at the feedback from your faculty.  Where you don’t understand their suggestions and comments, go to see them in their office hours to ask questions.  Reflect on their constructive feedback and make a note to yourself about how you will act on that feedback on your next paper, project, or exam so that you can do even better on the next graded assignment.

I hope you had a chance to see Legally Blonde last weekend, but if you didn’t, please make a plan to see it this weekend.  It’s your classmates who are performing and it will never be easier (or cheaper) to see a great musical production! 

Lastly, as you celebrate Halloween this week, please be sure to be safe while you’re having fun.


Your friendly neighborhood dean,



Congratulations to the HCLAS seniors listed below who, earlier this month, were recognized with awards for academic excellence in the major listed next to their name.  These students have done outstanding work not only in their majors, but have also engaged deeply in the lives of their communities.

School of Education

Early Childhood and Childhood Education:  Roel James

Physical Education:  Christina Wegener

Secondary Social Studies:  Dennis Belen Morales

School of Humanities and Fine and Performing Arts

Dance Education: Alicia Brantigan

English:  Cybele Laisney and Martha Morton

Fine Arts – Painting:  Jasmine King

Latin American and Caribbean Studies:  Jenny Maldonado

Linguistics:  Landri Kennedy and Emma Trombetta

Music:  Vincent Coacci

Music Theory and Composition:  Samuel Falotico

Spanish:  Ellary Mischel

Theater Arts:  Jacqueline Sanger

Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy, and International Affairs

Anthropology:  Sarah Dowd

Criminology:  Manmeet Nijjer

Economics:  Athina Giouvalakis

Economics – Mathematical and Business Economics:  Laura Masciullo

Geography:  Emma Rossetti

Global Studies:  Ryan Leighton

History:  Imani Hinson and Allie Richardson

Philosophy:  Harrison Boyd

Political Science:  Sara Bornstein and Ryan Katz

Public Policy and Public Service:  Catherine MacCarthy

Religion:  Manmeet Nijjer

Sociology:  Madison Warfel

School of Natural Science and Mathematics

Biochemistry:  Madeline Currie

Biology:  Katherine Rozek and Taylor Scutari

Chemistry:  Mathusa Lakuleswaran

Geology:  Angela Rienzo

Mathematics:  Eric Adsetts and Briana Schmidt

Neuroscience:  Julia Shalov

Physics:  Mike Chinbayar

Psychology:  Jacquelyn Ciarcia, Amanda Lastella, and Samuel Wayne


If you’d like to compete in the Hofstra Entrepreneurship Center’s Digital Remedy Lion’s Den competition, you must register in advance:  Pitch a business idea, interact with judges who are entrepreneurs, and build your resume by participating in the Hofstra-Digital Remedy Lion’s Den on November 1 from 2 pm to 4 pm in the ideaHUb.  $1,000 in total prizes will be awarded and pizza will be served. Space is limited and competitors must register in advance here

Tuesday, Oct. 29 

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM:  Information session for Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program – this is a scholarship program for students to go on a summer study abroad, for free, to a place where a critical language is spoken.  You can see more about the scholarship (which languages, other details) at this website:  www.clscholarship.org.  Dean Rifkin has been a reviewer for this scholarship program and will be among the presenters at this information session to describe, in his experience, what has distinguished more successful applications for this successful scholarship from less successful applications.  Come if you’re interested in applying for Summer 2020 or for some future summer.

Friday, Nov. 1

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM: Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session – this session is an opportunity to learn about the Fulbright program and how to make your application more successful.  Come if you want to apply for a Fulbright year for 2020-2021 and if you want to get a Fulbright for any year after that because you might take advantage of some tips to make choices for courses and other experiences that might be useful down the road.

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM: MFA in Creative Writing Informational Webinar


All Week 

The Rosenberg Gallery: Keiko Narahashi Exhibition

Environmental Impact

Other People’s Parties

Monday, Oct. 28

All Day:  Fall Writing Proficiency Exam (Registration Opens)

11:15 AM – 12:40 PM:  Seeking Purpose with Jeffrey Matthews: Colin Powell and his Presidents: Reagan, Bush (41), Clinton, and Bush (43)

02:55 PM – 04:00 PM:  Conversation with Camouflaj Founder Jeffrey Matthews

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

06:00 PM – 08:00 PM: Film Screening: Chasing Coral

07:00 PM – 09:00 PM: 2019 Meet the Candidates Forum featuring Candidates for Nassau and Suffolk County Offices

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 

11:15 AM – 03:00 PM:  MakerPark 2019!

11:15 AM – 12:40 PM:  The Colloquia Series: Tyler Thier 

02:55 PM – 04:30 PM: Olympic Latin America: From Colonized Bodies to Neo-liberal Urbanization

06:00 PM: Scary Thrills and Frightful Nights Walking Tour: Hofstra Ghosts

07:00 PM: Francis Ford Coppola screening: Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Friday, November 01, 2019

12:45 PM – 06:15 PM: The Network Self: Relation, Process, and Personal Identity

02:00 PM – 04:00 PM: Hofstra-Digital Remedy Lion’s Den (Spectators) 

04:30 PM – 06:00 PM: The Visiting Research Scholars Program: Marcelo da Silva Leite 

08:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Legally Blonde

Saturday, November 02, 2019

08:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Legally Blonde

Sunday, November 03, 2019

02:00 PM – 04:00 PM:  Your last chance to see Legally Blonde

Monday, November 04, 2019

07:00 PM: Francis Ford Coppola screening: The Rain People (1969)

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